Monster of the Day #1408

KISS was an obvious choice, given their pedigree (partying on Halloween with Paul Lynde, fighting both the Phantom of the Park and Dr. Doom). It still seemed a little on the nose, those. I almost went with the Dead Elvi (whose music if more up my alley), but I wasn’t sure their rockabilly sound really matched with the rest of the band. So I lamely used Bing and came up with these guys.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

  • Nice! Who the hell are they so I can add something else obnoxious to my collection?

  • bgbear_rnh

    They have that “Jason” look. What happens at their concerts, every time you think they are finished performing, they come back for another encore?

  • Eric Hinkle

    They start chasing every teen in the audience who’s drinking, doing dope, or having sex?

  • Gamera977

    Lol, since I don’t listen to rock music so it’s been an interesting week ;)

  • The Rev.

    It’s Slipknot, from my home state. I like them very much, and am hopefully going to finally see them later this month with Marilyn Manson. I have no idea if you’d like them as I only know about your like of Lordi.

    I find myself intrigued that Ken would say their music is “more up his alley,” though. I’m guessing just in comparison to the other bands he listed? Ken doesn’t strike me as a metal head.

  • That’s Slipknot? Mein Gott. My brother and his friend would make masks based on their look. I think they used duct tape.

    Not a big fan myself (surprise!) but they do have a couple of songs (Vermilion and Vermilion Pt. 2) that I like. Vermilion Pt. 2 even sounds like it was done by a completely different band.

  • Gamera977

    BTW: a little off subject but since the links section was removed on the site redesign I thought I’d call attention to Rock Baker has a really cool and detailed article on beach movies with monsters over on his site. Can’t link of course but enter Rock Baker’s Log in your favorite search engine and it should come up.

  • Rock Baker

    Thanks a heap for the plug, my friend! Gratifying to know someone out there is reading that piece!

  • Ken_Begg

    Sorry, bad writing. I meant the Dead Elvi were more up my alley. More of a ’50s rockabilly vibe. I revised the above for dumbassery sake.

  • bgbear_rnh

    I thought that sounded backwards.

  • Rodford Smith

    What, no Banana Splits?

  • The Rev.

    Okay, that makes more sense.

  • Ah, OK have heard some of their stuff and knew there were masks involved, but never cared enough about the music to look into it more. Wrong sense of humor for my taste. Same with Marilyn Manson for that matter.

  • As far as faux-Satanism goes, Powerwolf is way more entertaining to my taste. Still slightly worried that the friend who introduced me to them will shortly be ordained.

  • The Rev.

    Admittedly, that’s not their current look; they change their masks pretty often. Well, some of them, the lead singer in particular, do. Others just do variations on a theme (Long Nose and Spiky Head in particular).

    The Vermilion songs are damn fine pieces. Occasionally they branch out into something that isn’t in line with their normal metal style; for a while now there’s generally been at least one song like that per album. The lead singer has a side project called Stone Sour; they’re not quite as hard-edged, and delve into the non-standard songs a bit more often. You may want to check them out.

  • The Rev.

    Okay, I’ll be looking into Powerwolf later, as they’re new to me.

    Manson’s faux-Satanism comes off more in his older performances than his music, and it was obviously for show. (Hell of a show, though. Between the music, energy, and showmanship, I’d say it’s in the top three concerts I’ve attended.) Even the “Antichrist Superstar” album isn’t really about that. Ultimately, I just really dig the music.

    My favorite Manson-related story: I had a friend in college, a very devout Christian, who bemoaned Manson’s rise to popularity (“Superstar” came out my freshman year). I had a couple of really good discussions with him about it. Then one night, he came asking to borrow my “Superstar” CD as he wanted to burn a song from it. After I managed to get my jaw back in place, I asked what the deal was. I will always remember his response: “I still hate him and everything he stands for…but that damn “Beautiful People” song is awesome.” Man, I miss that guy; I lost touch with him after he got married and moved to the east coast. I owe him a lot, as he was responsible for introducing me to the music of Tool, as well as to H.P. Lovecraft AND “Call of Cthulhu.”

  • The Rev.

    I wonder if you’d like anything from the “Mechanical Animals” album? It’s very out of his norm, with a lot of electronic stuff going on. Kind of a “Ziggy Stardust” feel to it. A lot of fans don’t seem to like it, but I find myself unable to choose between it and “Superstar” as my favorite of his albums.

    Slipknot…eh, outside of the occasional odd song (as mentioned above), they’re pretty much Slipknot. Obviously tastes will vary.

  • I’ll check out Stone Sour. One of the glories of Spotify is the amount of music I can expose myself to.

    Which reads odd to me, but never mind…

  • The Rev.

    No joke! I just got on Spotify a month ago, as I’d been told by others to use it for all my portable music needs. To see what kind of selection they have, I check a few bands.

    Arch Enemy? Check. Rammstein? Yes. In This Moment? Right there.

    I up the ante with Lordi. Affirmative. What about Satyricon? Huh, how about that.

    All right, Spotify, not bad. Time to show your hand.

    Babymetal. You have them? Interesting…

    All right, Guitarwolf! No way you’re…wait, you have Guitarwolf!?

    Fine! X Japan! HOLY CRAP, they’re on here, too!?!

    At that point I decided to get a premium account because I knew I’d be using it enough to justify the cost, found out we could just expand the lady’s account to include a few other people for $4 more a month than it was costing just for her, and the deal was done.

  • Eric Hinkle

    I read that one too, it’s pretty good. Introduced me to several movies like ISLAND CLAWS I’ve never even heard of before.

  • Rock Baker

    Thanks! That’s the kind of thing that makes it worth while!